As I have written previously, it’s not possible to for me to maintain the Australian focus that Phil brought to Treehorn, nor is it possible to match his contributions, either in frequency of postings, or in the depth and extent of his knowledge. On the other hand, Phil’s efforts have established Treehorn’s role in the anti-GERM battle, especially from the viewpoint of Treehorn, on behalf of all children affected by GERM, anywhere in the world and it is important that this continue.
It seems to me that Treehorn would best be served by going international, providing a way to children (via adult contributors) to share their issues with their own local versions of GERM. Every infected country has its own issues, and it is very easy to become bogged down with these, thus limiting awareness of the issues faced all around the world. It has become very apparent to me that the similarities with GERM in each country are far greater than local variations, and I believe that sharing experiences can only increase our collective power. Given the huge power of the ‘deformers’ (money talks), this is very necessary. Benjamin Franklin’s comment to his fellow revolutionaries is apt:
“We must, indeed, all hang together, or most assuredly we shall all hang separately.”
I will be emailing educators in many countries to request that they write the occasional article on some aspect of GERM in their backyard. However, in the interests of openness, I encourage anyone who is interested to contribute, either as a one-off Guest Author, or as part of a series of occasional articles.
If you are interested please send a message via the Contact Page.